Convicted Child Rapist Escapes Prison After Just Two Days Behind Bars

Authorities say that sex offender Robert Terrell jumped a fence at the Winfield Correctional Facility. 

By Gina Tron

After less than three days in a Kansas prison, a convicted child rapist escaped on Friday, setting police on a manhunt until his capture on Sunday.

Robert Terrell, 36, was convicted in 2015 of raping a child younger than 14 in 2002, Kansas Department of Corrections records show. He was also convicted of failing to register as an offender. Terrell was recently arrested on suspicion of a parole violation on July 3 by Department of Corrections officials, according to The Wichita Eagle.

He was moved to the low-security Winfield Correctional Facility in Winfield, Kansas on Wednesday. After spending Just two days in the facility, he managed to escape, police said.

Terrell allegedly jumped a fence on the west side of the prison at around 8:50 p.m. on Friday, Cowley County Emergency Communications said in a Facebook post. The Kansas Department of Correction said officers aren't posted at every entrance and exit because of how the prison is laid out, according to KWCH-TV in Wichita.

A manhunt followed and by Sunday at noon, he was back in custody, according to Cowley County Emergency Corrections. He was located in a rural area of Cowley County, according to KSNW-TV in Wichita.

Approximately, 2,000 people escape from prison each year, according to a 2015 report by The Washington Post. However, most of those escapes include “walkaways” from community corrections facilities.

The Kansas Department of Correction says in light of last week’s escape, Terrell will now be sent to a higher security prison.

[Photo: Kansas Department of Corrections]

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